Imran denies money laundering, tax evasion


ISLAMABAD 23 july(TNS): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief at a press conference held at Bani Gala has refuted the allegations of money laundering and tax evasion leveled against him.

“I earned money abroad and brought it back to Pakistan, and purchased Bani Gala from that money. I can show you those documents right now,” said Khan on Sunday. “How does that equate to money laundering?”

The PTI chief said: “I used to pay tax abroad, so if anyone should be worried, it should be them [the UK government]. As far as declaration of assets is concerned, everyone knows that I had an apartment in London,”

He said the first case filed against me by PML-N questioned how the money from my London flat’s sale came to Pakistan. “It came through Jemimah; she sent all [the details of] her bank accounts, which have been submitted to the Supreme Court (SC),” he elaborated. “The money from the flat’s sale was given to Jemimah who then sent it to Pakistan. Those transactions are in the statements that have been presented in the SC.”

“People donate money to my charities because they trust me. They give me their money because they think I am an honest person who will not take advantage of their wealth. People give me donations for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH); two of which have been built in Lahore and Peshawar, while a third is being built in Karachi,” said Imran.

Lashing out at PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, who had accused Khan of investing charity money in France and Oman; he said that if the minister had any proof of discrepancies in SKMCH’s accounts, then he should take his objections to court. “The hospital runs on donations and we have audit reports as proof,” he added.